It's the great flaw of an otherwise elite team and has been all season for the Washington Nationals — their beleaguered bullpen.
But on Monday night, the relief corps followed a solid start by Gio Gonzalez with three scoreless innings to lead the surging Nationals past the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 in a rematch of last year's tight playoff series.
"It's about time we hung onto one of those," manager Dusty Baker said.
Anthony Rendon's solo homer in the second started the scoring for Washington, which got a two-run single from Matt Wieters with two outs in the fourth and another two-out RBI single from Bryce Harper in the fifth.
"The key to the...